Stretching Does the Body & Mind Good

Most people would not think that stretching would have too many health benefits other than being more limber and preventing injuries, however, stretching has many physiological benefits. Let’s watch this short YouTube video by TEDx “Stretch Yo Self” by Carla Shayman

YouTube video by TEDx “Stretch Yo Self” by Carla Shayman

Some things to remember about stretching before you get going on a routine:

It has been said that we shouldn’t stretch before working out because stretching impedes our performance, one of the very things we are trying to avoid. Do a warm up with moderate movements like circling the arms, jumping-jacks, things to get the blood circulating rather than stretches. You want to stretch after a workout as a cool down rather than before. Also anytime during the day, morning before you get your day started, afternoon at work during a stressful shift or before bed for a more restful night of sleep. It can be as little as a 5-10 minute daily routine.

A Review of the Top Health Benefits of Stretching:

  • Increased flexibility, less injuries
  • Decreases muscle tension and can increase pain from injuries
  • Regular stretching keeps your back safe & helps improve posture
  • Increased muscle growth and strength
  • An increase in dopamine, “the feel good neurotransmitter in the brain”
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Helps to decrease stress and for better sleep, even a sense of wellness
  • Faster recovery of muscle after injury due to increase blood flow

So…….what have you got to lose? Try it out and comment back how stretching worked for you! Make it a part of your daily routine whatever your goal, to be more flexible, to decrease pain, to improve your athleticism, etc. My goal, I want to be able to have a perfect straddle split again or a cartwheel more at ease ☺️🤸🏿

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